The Impact of Coronavirus on Freelance Journalists

Coronavirus has changed everything, including life for freelance journalists.

The pandemic and consequent lockdown is understandably dominating the content we are being asked by clients to produce.

For Charity Digital, I write daily news stories around technology and the voluntary sector. Since March 2020 these have been understandably focused on offering advice on issues such as home working, digital fundraising and useful software. This work also focuses on how the charity sector is proving resourceful at adapting to the pandemic but also how more support is needed as traditional revenue streams diminish.

Meanwhile, for Children and Young People Now a focus of my work has been on how the outbreak is affecting children’s professionals supporting some of the UK’s most vulnerable young people. This has included advice for youth workers on using video conferencing, as well as how social workers are being forced to make DIY personal protective equipment (PPE) on visits.

For Fantasy Football Scout my assignments have included Youtube live streaming and podcast content around the postponement of matches due to the outbreak.

As a home worker for around two decades I’m used to being my own business manager, IT support worker and tea maker. But many others are transitioning to working from home rather than working mainly in busy newsrooms.

At the start of lockdown I was asked to appear as a guest on the Freelancing for Journalists podcast for one of their episodes on how journalists are coping with lockdown and the pandemic. Here I share some of my thoughts on homeworking.


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